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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Captain

All time
# No regrets
'I'd love to represent Down again but I've come out here and New York is my new county'
Gerard McCartan is hoping to lead his side to a historic victory against Sligo on Sunday.
# Farewell
Ryan set for final home game as 22-year-old Molony makes 'natural step'
The 27-year-old flanker is set to leave the province this summer.
# second string
'This is their opportunity' - Ireland's fringe players handed chance to impress against Iceland
The Boys in Green welcome one of Euro 2016′s surprise packages to Dublin for a friendly tonight.
# Leader
Best points to 'silly mental errors' from Ireland but insists they are consistent
The Ireland captain and hooker was disappointed with some costly lineout failings.
# Juggling Act
Hectic weekend - Cork captaincy and coaching Munster schools semi-finalists
Paul Kerrigan is combining Gaelic football roles.
# Limerick Leader
From inter-county uncertainty to captaincy: James Ryan to lead Limerick hurlers
Two members of the All-Ireland U21 winning side have been named as vice-captains.
# Leader
'I've never played there' - Dusautoir excited about Thomond Park trip
Rassie Erasmus’ men will welcome Top 14 side Toulouse to Limerick in April.
# Centurion
Emotional day for Best as 100-cap captain claims another big scalp
The 34-year-old was proud of Ireland’s performance on a special day for him.
# Mr Motivator
Paul O'Connell arrives in Minnesota to deliver motivational speech to Darren Clarke's Europe
European captain Clarke is hoping to tap into O’Connell’s extraordinary leadership qualities.
# Leader
John Muldoon retains captaincy role at Pat Lam's Connacht
The 33-year-old will lead the western province into the Champions Cup this season.
# Experimental
Conan captains Leinster as Byrne handed 10 shirt for Ulster clash
Barry Daly, Rory O’Loughlin and Niall Morris all start in an exciting backline.
# Leader
Erasmus confirms O'Mahony will continue as Munster captain
The new South Africa director of rugby has backed O’Mahony to lead again.
# Let's get physical
Keane would kick the poor attitude out of Belgium captain Hazard
Ireland’s number two was speaking about the Chelsea attacker in the run-up to Saturday’s Euro 2016 game.
# cj
'I get goosebumps when I run onto the pitch and hear the Munster supporters'
CJ Stander won’t be looking for the limelight in what may be his final game as Munster captain.
# Captaincy
Stander calls on POC for leadership chats before Munster's Edinburgh clash
The back row believes his side need to respond to mistakes more maturely.
# Captain
Best relieved as Ireland lift the pressure with hammering of Italy
‘It’s nice to be in a changing room where boys are enjoying themselves.’
# downbeat
'This was a massive opportunity' - Ireland rue missed chance in Paris
Captain Rory Best says Ireland struggled when France changed their props and scrum tactics.
# Legend
'I consider myself very lucky' -- O'Connell ready to improve golf game after dominating Irish rugby
‘You’re either going to get back to being strong and fast and powerful again or you’re not. And that makes the decision for you.’
# mag 7
Sean O'Brien: It would be huge honour to captain Ireland, but if it's not to be I'll soldier on
The flanker is not often spoken of as captaincy material, but would jump at the chance if it was offered.
# Lost Pride
'Talk is cheap, you need to show actions' - Munster captain Stander
The number eight hopes his team can win supporters back over in the coming weeks.
# Leader
Best candidate for Ireland captaincy is Rory, with O'Mahony almost ready
Joe Schmidt has a number of contenders to select from ahead of the Six Nations.
# Captain
Stander leads by example as he follows in the footsteps of great Munster leaders
The Ireland-qualified back row isn’t a fan of doing too much talking.
# Powerhouse
Huge boost for Munster as CJ Stander signs on for two more years
The powerful back row is now qualified to play for Ireland.
# oversight
Drogba: I thought Terry was a Chelsea reserve!
The Ivorian reveals the info in his soon-to-be-released autobiography.
# Roots
From a South African farm to captaining Munster: The rise of CJ Stander
The 25-year-old was always a leader during his youth and his departure was a blow to South African rugby.
# King of NZ
'I always take a moment during the week to realise how lucky I am' - McCaw
The 34-year-old is expected to retire after New Zealand’s World Cup final against Australia tomorrow.
# paulie's word
Watching the All Blacks struggle last night made POC feel better about 2007
The Ireland squad have been watching more rugby than ever in what is a superb World Cup.
Leinster have a new captain with Jamie Heaslip away on World Cup duty
Kevin McLaughlin will lead Leo Cullen’s side in the opening months of the season.
# Top man
Leinster confirm Leo Cullen as permanent head coach on two-year deal
Defence coach Kurt McQuilkin has also extended his contract to two years.
# what fresh hell is this
Birds Eye introduced chicken dipper canapes and everyone cried notions
We are through the looking glass now.
# sob
The Tullow Tank is delighted to be captaining Ireland for the first time
Leinster’s Sean O’Brien is at number eight for tomorrow’s clash with Scotland.
# Captain O'Brien
'Cian is a chirpy and happy fella... you don’t want to get him mad!'
Sean O’Brien says the Ireland prop as maintained a positive attitude during rehab.
# Level Head
Heaslip not getting carried away with Ireland's comprehensive win over Wales
The Irish captain was content with a ‘good, solid’ performance in Cardiff.
# Skipper
Jordan Henderson appointed Liverpool captain as Skrtel signs new Anfield contract
It’s been a busy day for the Reds.
# Legend
McCaw: 'I was actually in a bit of a dark space. I didn't want to talk about it'
The All Blacks captain says coming back from a concussion in 2004 was a difficult time.
# Kingdom Fire
'I feel I have something to prove for Kerry because I'm a basketballer slash footballer'
What motivates Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy?
# yangtze river
Calls for 'death sentence' for doomed ship's captain as death toll reaches 396
There are thousands of soldiers involved in the rescue operation.
# club rugby
Clontarf aiming for 'massive feat' with back-to-back AIL titles
Andy Wood’s men take on Lansdowne in the Ulster Bank League Division 1A final this weekend.
# Disaster
This is what investigators think happened to the sunken migrant boat
The captain has been arrested.
# Through The Pain Barrier
'I knew I was never going to miss it' - Tipp U21 captain's determination to play after injury
Colin O’Riordan helped the Premier team to glory in last night’s final against Cork.